Ethnic Estonians not particularly interested in celebrating Soviet victory over the Nazis April 29, 2007Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, History, honor.
Honestly. I can’t understand their point of view. Why, after all, it was the Red Army who defeated the German aggressor and gave them their, uh, continued subjugation under a brutal communist regime.
It’s like being given a beating before supper, before not getting your supper.
Estonia, ethnically Swedish and Germanic, along with her neighbors Lithuania and Latvia, managed independence for a while when Russia was occupied with the Revolution. Forced in 1940 to accept a “mutual assistance” pact as a manuever by Molotov and Von Ribbentrop, the Soviets stationed troops there and stayed for a half century. During this time Uncle Joe was not kind.
The 1.3 million ethnic Estonians do not give a rat’s ass about the victories of the Red Army over the Nazis. 300,000 Russian-speaking Estonians do, and regard this impoliteness as an outrage, so they decided to stage protests and beat up some people when a monument to the Red Army was removed from the capital.
Estonians being the tough-minded Scandis they can be, elected to relocate the monument to a military cemetery, which is a nicer concession than should be expected of them under the circumstances.
Oddly enough, I have a second cousin (third cousin by marriage? Hell I can’t ever get this straight) a guy who married my dad’s cousin, who is a native Lithuanian. As a youngster he ran messages for the Lithuanian resistance against the Nazis during the war. He moved to the US after the war, and spent most of his life working as a groundskeeper on the LBJ ranch until he retired in 1987.
He said he liked Texas just fine, except it is awful hot here in the summer.
I said “yeah, but we ain’t got no Nazis and no commies. Cept in Austin, and they’re mostly harmless”.